Programs at Harris
Communities in Schools (CIS)
Communities In Schools works directly inside our campus to spot and help our students overcome the roadblocks. CIS starts by collaborating with school to understand student and community needs, and then deliver resources tailored to each our community. CIS works with local businesses, social service agencies, healthcare providers and volunteers, to give every student the confidence to own their success.
Pairing with UT Students, CIS has formed multiple mentor programs, including Reading Buddies, SPORTS, and Girl Scouts. CIS pushes into classrooms to provide SEL care, as well as, intervention pull outs with small groups of students to work on emotional support, self management, and other areas or self care that students need support in. Learn more about CIS here.
Literacy First tutors assist us with our students in primary-3rd grade. The tutors work one-to-one with students for 20-30 minutes daily, using research-based curriculum to develop our foundational reading skills– phonological awareness, letter knowledge, phonics and oral reading fluency.
Texas Central Food Bank Nutrition Program
Coach Dominguez partnered with the Texas Central Food Bank to create an after school nutrition club program every spring to teach students kid friendly, healthy recipes along with a variety of health games and lessons. Each week students get to cook a healthy recipe during class and try their creations, then get to take the recipe home to try with their families.
Neighborhood Longhorn Program
As a member of the Neighborhood Longhorn Program many of our scholars will be able to attend University of Texas events and attend College fairs in alignment with our College Readiness goals. The program provides the opportunity to envision attending college through incentives and event scholarships based on academic achievement during their years at Harris. The program also provides UT students, volunteers and staff who tutor and mentor our bulldogs throughout the school year.
Early Act First Knight (EAFK)
The Austin University Area and Austin North Metro Passport Rotary Clubs offer the Early Act First Knight character education program. Every 6 week the program focuses on one character trait that we integrate into our SEL lessons on campus. At the end of that time, we have an award ceremony where teacher in each class pick one student that best exemplified that trait in the last 6 weeks.